Krejci and Miller Return, Marchand Missing


Nov 10, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing

Brad Marchand

(63) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins morning skate was filled with a few genuine positive comments for a change, shedding some light on some otherwise grim reports.

David Krejci, who has missed six out of the last seven games with an undisclosed lower body injury has been making strides to get back into the Bruins line up. Friday morning he skated before the Bruins practice and before Saturday’s game against Carolina. Today, he took part in team practice, centering Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith at the Ristuccia arena in Wilmington. He donned the usual white jersey and didn’t appear to be in any visual pain while participating in the drills.

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Kevan Miller also took part in today’s team practice. Miller has been participating with the team for the past week, running drills and taking little to no contact. However, today he returned to full form, full-contact and has gone from ‘day-to-day’ to a ‘game time decision.’ Not bad for someone coming back from a dislocated shoulder. Today he was paired alongside Zach Trotman and could easily remain with him for tomorrow night’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

The only concerning news following the Bruins practice this morning, Brad Marchand’s absence. Marchand left Saturday’s game early in the third and never returned. When Claude Julien was asked what the injury was he responded, “it’s not an injury per say.” However, despite leaving the game early and not being at practice, there is the possibility that he will be in the line up for tomorrow.

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  • So as it stands, all three players are on the ‘possible’ list of returning tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues, three players that would seemingly make a difference if they are ready to play. The St. Louis Blues are one of the best teams in the League and the Bruins need all of their best players to be at 100% if they hope to find a way to beat them. If in fact Marchand, Krejci and Miller are up to par, their presence on the ice should give the team some extra confidence they are otherwise lacking as of late.

    Marchand is ‘probable’, Miller is a game-time decision and Krejci has no definitive update. Take this information as it is and do with it what you will. For now, it’s a waiting game until tomorrow’s pre-game warm-ups. Stick taps to everything working in the Bruins favor for a change.